Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard
PJV Quickie: I do feel that lately I’ve been gushing over books…it’s been some good reading lately, and AG Howard’s SPLINTERED is no different. Please pardon the gushing. I don’t think that even Tim Burton could capture the rich visual stimulation that is SPLINTERED if he were to make it into a movie.
Author: A.G. Howard
Type: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
Alyssa Gardner is the descendent of Alice Liddel, the girl that inspired Lewis Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Alyssa is afflicted with the same thing all of the women of her family have suffered: madness. Alyssa hears the bugs and flowers talk to her, the same thing that landed her own mother in the mental facility. Alyssa believes that she, like her mother, is insane and destined for an institution…
…Until a visit from a moth and a look into a mirror. Alyssa comes to realize that Alice did have visited a place called Underland but it was nothing like the fanciful depiction by Carroll – it is much more darker and terrifying.
SPLINTERED was a fantastic young adult fantasy tale, rich in imagination and creative depictions. The characters were larger than life, gritty and over-the-top with dark insanity. It was like taking Alice’s tale, infusing it with edgy, fringe modernism, spicing it up with romance and adding a thrilling amount of violence. The plot was complex, more then you usually see in young adult novels and recreations. I was charmed and entertained and Howard spoke to my inner fringer — begging her to come out and play. I want more.
Recommendations: Recommended for older teens, there is a tad bit of violence and some mature content, though nothing too intense. The writing and gritty feeling was reminiscent of authors like Melissa Marr, so if you’ve enjoyed authors of the darker, fantastical variety, you’ll love A.G. Howard.
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